NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to council spokeswoman Sherry Moore, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities, including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The Newburyport Cultural Council will also entertain funding proposals from schools and youth groups through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for school-age children to attend cultural field trips.

The Newburyport Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth. The Local Cultural Council Program is the largest grass-roots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the NCC will distribute about $4,000 in grants. Previously funded projects include: The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay State Park, The Newburyport Literary Festival and the Powow River Poets.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Newburyport Cultural Council, contact Moore at 978-462-6970. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp.

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